Friday, March 24, 2017

Skywatch Friday - Mares Tails

It was the first day of spring in upstate New York, and what did I see?

Clouds my husband (a weather "geek") calls "mares tails".  Quoting from Wikipedia:
"Cirrus uncinus is a type of cirrus cloud. The name cirrus uncinus is derived from Latin, meaning "curly hooks". Also known as mares' tails, these clouds are generally sparse in the sky and very thin."

In sailor's lore, these clouds mean "prepare for a storm".


On this first day of spring, nature was wondering what had happened.  After a mild February, we were covered in a record snowfall.  Afterwards, the temperature had risen and the snow was melting, but winter was getting ready to return.

The trees, already budded out earlier than normal, had no choice but to wait it out.


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14 comments:

  1. The tree, like everyone else, is waiting not so patiently for warmer days

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  2. I really miss Upstate New York though not the winters. Beautiful skies! Loved this!
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  3. What lovely pictures. I'm out west now but nice to see what is going on back home.
    Estelle

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  4. It definitely looks like Spring is on its way to you at last Alana - those clouds have a "Spring-ish" look to them :)

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  5. Mare's tails means weather ails is how I recall it.

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  6. The people are every bit as confused as the trees. Unfortunately we all have no choice but to wait.

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  7. Pretty sky shots, and cool that your husband is a weather "geek"! Wish I knew more about cloud formations.

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  8. Interesting! Great sky shots!

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  9. beautiful wispy clouds. I've always enjoyed watching the clouds.

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  10. Those are such pretty, delicate clouds.

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  11. Neat post and I really like your sky photo with the mares' tails! I've seen them before but it seems like a long time since I've seen them in Seattle.

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